In Doing, Jean-Luc Nancy, one of the most prominent and lucid articulators of contemporary French theory and philosophy, examines
the precarious but urgent relationship between being and doing. His book is not so much a call to action as a summons to more
vigorous thinking, the examination and reflection that must precede any effective action. The first section of the book considers
this matter tersely: Jean-Luc Nancy's quickness of language and grace of humor lead the reader carefully past the dangers
of oversimplification, toward a general awareness of meaningful being. In the last section, Nancy examines the realities of
terrorist actions--specifically those that shocked Paris a few years ago, and more generally the frightening world of politics
without conscience, where conscience is the root of all thinking.
Jean-Luc Nancy is the Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Chair and professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School. Charlotte Mandell has translated more than forty books,
including several other works by Jean-Luc Nancy. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, the poet Robert Kelly.